Lesson 6: God Is Too Critical To Use Me
The Bible is full of stories of men and women who have been used by God to do BIG things for Him. Not ONE of them was perfect. In fact, most of them were flawed in many ways and had made many bad choices in their lives. It’s so easy for us to believe that God can use others to carry out His will, but He can’t use us. We think that God is only looking for the smartest, prettiest, most talented people who have never made a mistake. But, that’s a MYTH! Today, we are going to bust that myth in our Bible Lesson. The children will learn that if they make themselves available, God will use them to do BIG things for Him.
At Home Instructions
Leader: I can’t wait to bust today’s myth with you... (all of a sudden “The Hamster Dance” song begins playing. Wacky Wally comes out walking like he’s an old man. Music fades.)
Leader: Wally! What are you doing?
Wally: (as if he can’t hear) What??
Leader: (louder) I said, “What are you doing?”
Wally: What are you saying?
Leader: (screams) I SAID “WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!”
Wally: You don’t have to scream at me! I hear you just fine! Yellin’ at an old man, what’s wrong with your brain?
Leader: Old man? What are you talking about? I was just wondering how you’re doing, that’s all!
Wally: Oh, youngin’, I’m not doing no good, no good at all! Wally has gone beyond his expiration date!
Leader: What are you talking about?
Wally: I’ve gotten too old! God can’t use me to do nothing anymore!
Leader: Wally, that’s silly! You’re still very young. You’re not too old to be used by God.
Wally: Really? I’ve got all kind of ailments goin’ on! God don’t want no broken merchandise!
Leader: What could possibly be so bad that God can’t use you anymore?
Wally: Well first off, I got bad knees!
Leader: I don’t believe that. Bend your knees as far as they can go.
Wally: Okay. (stands still and doesn’t bend his knees at all)
Leader: Wally, you’re supposed to bend your knees.
Wally: I am! My joints are jacked up worse than China in a bull shop!
Leader: I think you mean a bull in a china shop.
Wally: That’s what I said! And that’s not all! My teeth are too big to fit my mouth! The other day a farmer tried to feed me some oats because he thought I was his horse!
Wally: And I hurt! My bones just start hurtin’ everytime I hear the doorbell ring!
Leader: Wally! Stop! Listen, I know you’re getting older, and you may not be perfect, but that doesn’t mean God still can’t use you!
Wally: What are you talkin’ about?
Leader: I tell you what—watch this week’s Power Verse and I think you’ll understand better!
Leader: So, you see? Just because you have stuff that’s wrong with you doesn’t make God any less powerful! Think about the disciples! They weren’t perfect at all, but God still used them to do his will! God has a plan for your life, whether you’re short, or tall, rich, poor, young, old, whatever it is! He made you just the way you are and is going to use you! All you have to do is be willing!
Wally: Ooh, I can definitely do that! I’m gonna go pray and ask God to use me right now!
Leader: Okay, I’ll see you later!
Wally: BYE BYE! (music plays and he dances all the way out)
Choose one boy and one girl to compete in this game (with the help of their team members in the audience).
Kids, many times we believe the myth that if we have made mistakes in the past or if we aren’t perfect, then God can’t use us. Today, we are going to learn about some of the people in the Bible who made some BIG mistakes. But, God still used these people in a big way, just as He will use each and every one of us.
rehearse with your volunteers
Today we are talking about the people that God can use. I want to introduce you to a couple of God’s favorite people to use. Honestly, these are the ONLY kind of people He can use. Please welcome Peter Perfect. (male volunteer enters dressed in a nice suit with hair slicked back and “everything in its place.”) Peter is a Sunday School teacher. Tell them a little about yourself, Peter.
Peter Perfect: Greetings. I am Peter Perfect. I have been perfect all of my life. When I was a baby, I didn’t even cry. I was potty-trained the day I was born, and I never gave my mother a bit of trouble. I accepted Christ so long ago that I don’t even remember how long it’s been. God uses me to teach the Jr. High boys Sunday School class because I am the only one who is patient enough to handle those boys. I am so perfectly patient that it amazes everyone around me. I am perfect in just about every way.
(female volunteer enters)
Patty Perfect: Hello, everyone! My name is Patty. I am also perfect. I sing in perfect pitch and I am the first Soprano in the church choir. People say that when I sing, they get chills. I have three perfect children named Hope, Faith, and Grace. They never cause any problems in the nursery, and they volunteer at the Retirement home every weekend. Did I mention that my husband is the pastor of the church and that we NEVER have arguments at home. It’s a wonderful Perfect life.
Here they are, kids. Peter and Patty Perfect. They are the kind of people God can use. Perfect people. Let’s give them a big hand as they exit. (Peter and Patty exit)
Boys and girls, there is something I need to tell you about Peter and Patty. They DON’T EXIST! There is no such thing as a perfect person. We all have made mistakes and still make mistakes from time to time. None of us have perfect abilities, perfect brains, or perfect lives. The sad thing is, so many people believe the myth that God can only use perfect people to make a difference in the world. They believe that they have just too many problems and struggles for God to use them. They believe the myth that “God Is Too Critical To Use Me.”
Today, we are going to learn the truth. The truth is that God does not use only perfect people to make a difference in this world. He can use people like you and people like me to do BIG THINGS for Him in the world. How do I know? Because the Bible says…
The Bible says in Romans 3:23 that “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” That means that we have all messed up, and none of us are perfect. So, if you are looking at your Sunday School teacher or your pastor or your parents and thinking, “Well, of course God can use them. They don’t make the same mistakes I do. They have everything under control.” That’s not true. There is no one in the world who is perfect. God is the only perfect being in the Universe.
I know what you are thinking. “Well thanks for letting me know how bad I am. Now I feel worse.” That’s not my goal today. I want you to know that although you are not perfect, God is. And…
Just take a look at some of the people God used in the Bible. All of them had problems, mistakes, and difficulties. But, God used them to change the world. Check it out:
Jonah —ran from God and was swallowed by a whale. God used him to lead a great revival in Ninevah.
Moses —was a stutterer with a ton of excuses why God couldn’t use him. Not only that, he murdered a man and ran for his life. But, he was used by God to deliver the children of Israel from slavery in Egypt.
Aaron —Moses’ brother who made a golden calf and led the people in “cow worship”. God made him a priest and worship leader.
Gideon —hid from God because he was scared. God made him a general and his army defeated the enemies of God’s people.
Matthew —a crooked tax collector, became a committed disciple of Jesus.
James and John —two other disciples, fought over who was more important in the Kingdom. Jesus used them to change the world.
Thomas —the disciple who doubted whether Jesus was really alive. He took God’s message to India.
Peter —denied that he even knew Jesus three times in a row. Jesus told him “Upon you I will build my church.”
Paul —he was a killer of Christians before he became a follower of Jesus and wrote most of the New Testament.
What am I trying to get you to see? Its simple. No, you are not perfect. But, God has never looked for perfect people to use. He looks for people who are willing to be used. You say, “I can’t sing well. I’m not smart enough. I’m just a kid.” If you are willing to be used in God’s hands, then He will use you to change the world. He’s done it all through history. He will do it with you today.
(play soft music) Pray with the children who feel as if they can’t be used by God. Remind them that God uses anyone who is willing. There’s no such thing as a perfect person.
What was today’s Big Idea? Answer: “God Can Use Who? Me!”
What did Wally think was so wrong with him that God couldn’t use him? Answer: He thought he was too old
What “crazy” myth did the Mythbusters bust today (not the spiritual one)? Answer: Lots of cures for hiccups
What were the names of the two “perfect” people in today’s lesson? Answer: Peter Perfect and Patty Perfect
Is there anyone in the world who is perfect? Answer: No
Does making mistakes in your past disqualify you from being used by God? Answer: No
What kind of people does God use to change the world? Answer: “Not-So-Perfect” (everyone who is willing)
True or False: There were people in the Bible who were used by God even though they made big mistakes. Answer: True
What are the names of our two Mythbusters? Answer: Aaron and Brittany
Where was our Power Verse found? Answer: 2 Timothy 2:21